February 5, 2012 Subject:
Ricky, The Drummer.
The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet.
Season 5, episode 28.
Original air date: 10 April 1957.
The Tommy Jackson Band is coming to town, and Ricky dreams of sitting in on drums.
Cast: Ozzie Nelson (Ozzie Nelson), Harriet Nelson (Harriet Nelson), David Nelson (David Nelson), Ricky Nelson (Ricky Nelson), Pete Candoli (Tommy Jackson), Frank Cady (Dr. Williams), Alan Reynolds (Mr. Martin), Alvin Stoller (Drummer), Sally Hughes) (Mrs. Rogers), Anthony Montenaro Jr. (Tony), Rickie Pond (Girl Dancer), Dorothy Abbott (Mrs. Williams), June Fenley (Club Woman), Joe Byrne (Joe: uncredited), Kenner G. Kemp (Nightclub Guest: uncredited) and Barbara Pepper (Woman Who Wishes She Were 20 Years Younger: uncredited).
January 7, 2010 Subject:
Just a couple things to add
The other reviewers have covered most of the bases as to why this is a must-watch for O&H fans. Just want to add: Ricky's shy, gentle persona combined with his talents in this episode show the promise of this young man, and why he became a well-deserved hit with so many, young and old. Sadly, I was in Dallas New Year's Eve 1985 when his plane crashed and he died in nearby DeKalb before making it to a concert. RIP Rick.
Reviewer:The Monkey Master
July 9, 2009 Subject:
Ozzie and Harriet - Ricky the Drummer
Season 5, Episode 28
Original Air Date—10 April 1957
September 23, 2008 Subject:
Ricky Does It All
This was the episode that started it all for Ricky's music career. In this episode, not only does the 17-year-old teen hearthrob sing the Fats Domino classic "I'm Walkin'", Ricky also dances a bit of a bop-swing dance with another party-goer. The first time I saw him dance in this episode I thought he looked cool -- zoot-suit-lookin' tuxedo with white socks and penny loafers (Brooks Brothers or Weejuns, no doubt) --you can't pull that look off today and still look like a hep cat! Singing was dreamy even if the rest of the episode lacked what we expect from today's shows. Still a good view of simpler times.
August 24, 2008 Subject:
Of GREAT Historical Value
This is the now legendary episode which made Ricky Nelson one of the most popular Rock'n'Roll singers of the 50's. In fact, he made rock music acceptable for middle-class white America, while still being a good performer. Like Elvis and Bill Haley, when Ricky covered a black person's song, the black person's version would actually chart HIGHER than before.
August 11, 2008 Subject:
..And the singer.. and the dancer.. and..
This show is ALL about Ricky. When a famous band comes into town and performs, Ricky hopes the band's drummer will need replacing just in case he gets sick and all. Wishing that is a bit macabre, isnt it? Well it turns out, that's what sort of happens. Ricky DOES play, and he's asked to sing as well! AND DANCES TOO! AND HAS A NUMBER WITH HIS FOLKS AND DAVID TOO! This apparently is the first time Ricky sang on the show, he chooses "I'm Walking". He sings it in a somewhat awkward way, and you soon realize that Rick and company are going through to the transistion to Rock and Roll. The other interesting thing is how uh, WHITE the band and the party attendees are. No black people, no-sireee! We'll enjoy the rythym and blues ourselves! Great episode.